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Old 07-23-2012, 1:15 AM   #1
 
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Which bike to flip for profit?

Of the classic 70's Honda street bikes, which would have the best balance of availability on the market, economical and readily available parts, and sale-ability?

I'm wanting to modify and design some classic racers. Budget is not a concern, it's the profit margin.

My first instinct was the twin CB350. I'm just a little put off by the 1-piece connecting rods...
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Re: Which bike to flip for profit?

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Of the classic 70's Honda street bikes, which would have the best balance of availability on the market, economical and readily available parts, and sale-ability?

I'm wanting to modify and design some classic racers. Budget is not a concern, it's the profit margin.

My first instinct was the twin CB350. I'm just a little put off by the 1-piece connecting rods...

That'll be fairly dependant on your specific locale I think.
You don't have a press to build the cranks?
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Re: Which bike to flip for profit?

I am trying to decide between Houston and Dallas, myself.

I don't have any heavy equipment yet, just a friend willing to invest no more than $10,000.

I still dislike not doing things the way I always have, with two-piece rods...
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Re: Which bike to flip for profit?

Am I wrong that 72 and later models do in fact use 2-piece connecting rods?
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Re: Which bike to flip for profit?

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Am I wrong that 72 and later models do in fact use 2-piece connecting rods?

Depends on the specific engine.
CB750 was shell bearings from '69, GSX1100 was ball bearings into the eighties. All two-strokes are pressed cranks and lots of singles are as well.
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Re: Which bike to flip for profit?

In this context, we're referring to the CB/CL350 twin four-strokes...
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Re: Which bike to flip for profit?

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In this context, we're referring to the CB/CL350 twin four-strokes...
They only made the CB350 to '73 so I doubt it.
CB/CJ360 twin is a pressed crank up to '77 I think.
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Re: Which bike to flip for profit?

The only thing that makes me wary is the fact that I can't check the bearings, weight, and friction surfaces. I'm concerned that I would have to buy one used if mine shows too much runout or the bearings are worn, but then the replacement is just as bad.

The fours are loads of fun to work on, but finding parts for the 350F is a joke. Also, 750's had too many different configurations for me to be fully confident with them.

My worries aside, which would yield a greater profit, is widely available, and has reasonable and readily available parts?
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Re: Which bike to flip for profit?

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The only thing that makes me wary is the fact that I can't check the bearings, weight, and friction surfaces. I'm concerned that I would have to buy one used if mine shows too much runout or the bearings are worn, but then the replacement is just as bad.

The fours are loads of fun to work on, but finding parts for the 350F is a joke. Also, 750's had too many different configurations for me to be fully confident with them.

My worries aside, which would yield a greater profit, is widely available, and has reasonable and readily available parts?

What do you mean you can't check those things?
If the bearings are worn you press the crank apart and fit new bearings.

There is no way to determine profit without knowing exactly what it is you're doing to it and what it might be worth when it's finished.
I'd be surprised if there's much profit in the old bikes and the potential market is likely to be small.
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Re: Which bike to flip for profit?

Not quite. Euro Grand Prix racers (inaccurately and ignorantly called cafés) are currently picking up since the chopper fad has been played out.

Again, I have no means to press apart/together a pressed crank. I suppose my pal that lives in Garland could supply some cranks for $30 a piece.

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